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Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy

Vincent DeVito will serve in the “newly created” position of Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy, a role in which he will “advise the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretaries on all aspects of energy policy and ensure policy coordination among the nine bureaus with energy responsibilities within the Department.”

Vincent DeVito is a former George W. Bush administration official who has deep ties to the energy sector. He began his career “as a state energy regulator in Massachusetts” before working as the Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the Department of Energy in the George W. Bush administration. In 2005, he became president of International Energy Strategies, a “domestic and international energy law and consulting practice firm,” and, according to the company’s website, he is still the president.

Starting in 2007, DeVito worked at Pepper Hamilton LLP’s “energy practice,” which has represented a “consortium of major oil companies,” and a utility being sued “over the release of radiation from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant explosion.” The firm also worked on “the sale of a Texas pipeline, the purchase of oil and gas rights in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and the extraction and purification of methane gas from inactive coal mines.”

From 2008 to 2017, DeVito was a partner at law firm Bowditch & Dewey LLP, where he represented “corporations, investors, and entrepreneurs in the energy and technology sectors.” DeVito, who has been involved in Republican campaigns since at least 2000, was the treasurer of both Ryan Zinke and Scott Brown’s Political Action Committees, and was also the Massachusetts chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Sources: [Corbin Hiar, “Zinke creates energy policy post for former PAC treasurer,” Energy and Environment, 05/01/17, Department of Interior, Press Release, 05/01/17, “Vincent DeVito, Partner at Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Accepts Position with U.S. Department of the Interior,” Bowditch & Dewey, 06/08/17, Andrea Mihalescu, “Interview: Vincent DeVito,” United Press International, 08/22/05, “Vincent DeVito, President,” International Energy Strategies, accessed 06/08/17, Christine Caulfield, “Pepper Hamilton,” Law 360, 03/16/07, and Colin Young, “Baker attending Indiana ball as guest of Pence,” Salem News, 01/18/17]

Special Interests

Northeast Energy Solutions (Protecting Public Lands)

When DeVito worked at Bowditch & Dewey, he also represented Northeast Energy Solutions, a coalition of land trusts and other conservation groups, and on their behalf fought against proposed natural gas pipeline.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP (Resource Development on Public Lands)

DeVito worked at Pepper Hamilton's energy practice, which has represented oil companies and has worked on issues including the sale of a Texas pipeline, the purchase of oil and gas rights in Central Asia, and the extraction of methane gas.

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Bowditch & Dewey LLP (Resource Development on Public Lands)

DeVito worked as a partner at Bowditch & Dewey where he focused on the energy industry and represented corporations, investors, and entrepreneurs in the energy and technology sectors.

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International Energy Strategies (Resource Development on Public Lands)

DeVito was, and according to their website still is, the President of International Energy Strategies, a domestic and international energy law and consulting firm that concentrates on the development, regulation and financing of energy projects.

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HydroConfidence (Resource Development on Public Lands)

DeVito served as general counsel for HydroConfidence, a company that provides tools and services for the natural gas extraction industry.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

Vincent DeVito, from 2001 to 2005, worked in the George W. Bush administration at the Department of Energy.

Vincent DeVito, a revolving door insider, worked for the George W. Bush administration in several senior roles, most prominently as Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. While at the Department of Energy, he “oversaw the Climate Change Technology Program,” and “served as the U.S. manager of the North American Energy Working Group, a task force created to pursue the development of a fully integrated North American energy market.”

[LinkedIn Profile for Vincent DeVito, accessed 06/08/17, “Vincent DeVito, Partner at Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Accepts Position with U.S. Department of the Interior,” Bowditch & Dewey, 06/08/17, Dwight Shepard, “Cape Wind project in jeopardy as Northeast Utilities, National Grid terminate contracts,” Mass Live, 01/07/15, and Crunchbase Person Details for Vincent DeVito, accessed 06/13/17]

Vincent DeVito was the treasurer of both Ryan Zinke’s and Scott Brown’s Political Action Committees in the 2016 election cycle.

In the 2016 election cycle, Vincent DeVito was the treasurer of both Ryan Zinke’s Supporting Electing American Leaders PAC and Scott Brown’s New Hampshire for Scott Brown PAC.

[Corbin Hiar, “Zinke creates energy policy post for former PAC treasurer,” Energy and Environment, 05/01/17]

In 2007, Vincent DeVito worked at Pepper Hamilton LLP’s “energy practice,” which has represented a “consortium of major oil companies,” and a utility being sued “over the release of radiation from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant explosion.”

The firm has also worked on “the sale of a Texas pipeline, the purchase of oil and gas rights in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and the extraction and purification of methane gas from inactive coal mines.”

[Christine Caulfield, “Pepper Hamilton,” Law 360, 03/16/07]

From 2008 until 2017, Vincent DeVito was a partner at law firm Bowditch & Dewey LLP.

From 2008 until 2017, Vincent DeVito was a partner at law firm Bowditch & Dewey LLP where he represented “corporations, investors, and entrepreneurs in the energy and technology sectors.” Most recently at Bowditch & Dewey, DeVito represented “a coalition of land trusts and other environmental groups,” and fought on their behalf against the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.

In 2015 and 2016, while still at Bowditch & Dewey, Vincent DeVito represented Northeast Energy Solutions, “a coalition of land trusts and other environmental groups,” and fought on their behalf against the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would “pipe natural gas across New England.”

[Elana Schor, “Could Keystone Be America’s Last Pipeline?,” Politico, 01/10/15, Tom Relihan, “Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. responds to FERC questions,” Greenfield Recorder, 03/02/16, LinkedIn Profile for Vincent DeVito, accessed 06/08/17, Greg Ryan, “Boston lawyer tapped for Trump administration post,” Boston Business Journal, 05/01/17, and Grant Welker, “Bowditch & Dewey attorney gets federal post,” Worcester Business Journal, 05/01/17]

Vincent DeVito appears to be the President of International Energy Strategies (IES), a “domestic and international energy law and consulting practice firm,” a position he’s held since 2005.

IES “concentrates on the development, regulation and financing of energy projects.” According to International Energy Strategies’ website, DeVito is still the president.

[Andrea Mihalescu, “Interview: Vincent DeVito,” United Press International, 08/22/05, and “Vincent DeVito, President,” International Energy Strategies, accessed 06/08/17]

Political Connections

Vincent DeVito has donated over $10,000 to conservative politicians and Super PACs since 1999, including donations to his current employers Ryan Zinke and Donald Trump.

Vincent DeVito, since 1999, has donated $10,159 to conservative politicians and Super PACs, including $2,128 to Scott Brown, $550 to Ryan Zinke’s Supporting Electing American Leaders PAC in 2016, and $776 to Donald Trump in 2016.

[Political Moneyline Search for Vincent DeVito, CQ, accessed 06/08/17]

Other Information

Vincent DeVito has been involved in many high-profile Republican campaigns, including working on the 2000 Bush campaign, Scott Brown’s 2012 campaign attorney, and the Massachusetts chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Vincent DeVito was “active in the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.”

[“Secretary of Energy Announces Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs,” P.R. Newswire, 12/15/03]

Vincent DeVito was Scott Brown’s campaign attorney in his 2012 race for the Massachusetts Senate.

[Robert Rizzuto, “Absentee ballots spark debate,” The Republican, 09/26/12]

Vincent DeVito was the Massachusetts chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

[Colin Young, “Baker attending Indiana ball as guest of Pence,” Salem News, 01/18/17]

Vincent DeVito is a legal advisor to the American Patent Agency.

[“Vincent DeVito,” American Patent Agency, accessed 06/08/17]

In 2007, he said that the “‘beauty'” of cap and trade was that it was a “‘business opportunity that [was] also a moral obligation.”

[Matthew Hennessey, “Cap and Trade vs. Carbon Tax,” Carnegie Council, 11/10/07]

Vincent DeVito, who has “significant experience representing Super PACS,” served as legal counsel for a super PAC that “may have violated campaign finance law” in Missouri “by spending ‘money on a state-level race without filing reports.'”

This super PAC, called Patriots for America, “attacked Eric Greitens — now Missouri’s governor” with mailers and digital ads during the 2016 GOP primary. This matter was “looked into” by the FEC and the Missouri Ethics Commission, but dismissed.

[“Vincent DeVito,” Bowditch & Dewey, accessed via the Wayback Machine from 09/04/16 and Theodoric Meyer, “Hank Greenberg’s firm lobbying on financial reform,” Politico, 05/02/17]

Vincent DeVito was the general counsel for HydroConfidence, a Marcellus Shale company which pledged to “help maximize gas production” for the natural gas extraction industry.

HydroConfidence promised to “provide the natural gas extraction industry with an offering of tools and services to help maximize gas production while minimizing environmental impact.”

[“B&D Partner Vincent DeVito assists startup “fracking” company,” Bowditch & Dewey news, 12/12/11 and “HydroConfidence,” American Pioneer Ventures, accessed 06/22/17]

“The Marcellus Shale stampede is creating an entrepreneurial rebirth” and HydroConfidence is “dedicated to improving the productivity of the shale gas industry while reducing its environmental impact.”

[“CEE Graduate Student, Dan Hussain, Tackles Shale Gas and Watershed Issues With New Entrepreneurial Tech Startup,” Carnegie Mellon University, 2011]